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The second annual Smart Regions Conference brought together government, industry, and academic leaders that are working to research, plan, fund, and deploy smart and connected technologies, policies, and strategies.  A dynamic day and a half of programming shined a light on recent success stories, active challenges, and opportunities to work together to build better places to live, work, and visit.

The inaugural Smart Regions Conference is designed for urban, suburban, and rural communities of all sizes to connect directly with trusted partners, discover and explore new ideas, identify available resources, and learn from industry experts as they navigate digital transformation efforts, many of which require regional collaborations and multi-jurisdictional cooperation. In 2018, the program included pitch presentations 20 qualified project response teams from around the country participating in the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge. Those teams competed for more than $50 million dollars in available project financing and project support.

+ Discover projects that pitched in the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge

+ Explore the 2018 speakers, exhibitors and attendees

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The event welcomed speakers and special guests from:


- National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

- National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

- US Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

- US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

- National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation 

- US Congressional Smart Cities Caucus

- Council of Development Finance Agencies

- Engineered Tax Services

- Ohio Mayors Alliance and Mayors Association of Ohio

- Regional Intergovernmental Organizations, Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Rural Transportation Planning Organizations from Phoenix to Portland and Denver to Virginia Beach


and many more…

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